I am in general agreement with the crux of this piece and that is while sequestration is not the way it should be done, the scheduled cuts under it are for the most part non-Draconian. The only way they have any real effect is that, where discretion is allowed, that discretion is applied unthinkingly.
Take Defense for instance. The Pentagon is bitching that it might not be able to keep enough aircraft carries near the Mideast. I think they can easily meet the cuts by bringing home all our troops in Afghanistan right now.
Then they can slash the 27,000 people involved in public relations and recruiting.
Then they can slash some of the extraneous general and flag officers currently active. Their number is THREE times the number of such officers per 10,000 troops that the U.S. had in World War II.
Then they can severely cut the number of troops we have in Germany and Japan, at present 55,000 and 35,000 respectively.
Then they can close hundreds of superfluous military bases overseas.
Now I’ll briefly touch on one area where nearly everyone suggests that cuts need to be made, or at least significant changes made. That is Social Security and even most liberal commentators concede that cuts are needed to save SS.
BALDERDASH! Not only do ways exist that would lead to sustaining SS beyond current projections, they are relatively simple to implement. But some of the proposals that have at least some support from people who should know better will be nothing but devastating for retirees.
I heard former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs state that changing the Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) formula that determines increases in monthly benefits will be an improvement.
NO, it would not be an improvement. Over the past four years there have been TWO raises in benefits. I personally have seen my monthly “pay” increase about $35 in 2012 and another $20 this year. I can assure you that the cost of everything I do; cable, food, gasoline, etc.are proportionately higher than the raises I have received. Yet the change in COLA formula is estimated to reduce future hikes considerably.
Yet I have heard no media analysis of SS and how to save it that even begins to take these factors into consideration.
But that concern is more for any further budget talks than for the “DOOMSDAY” sequestration facing us tomorrow. I assure you the sun will rise and the world will continue and relatively few of us will even notice the sequestration has taken effect.
Rest easy, my friends.